Our Favorite Web Sites


Local Awards

2016 Lone Star Land Steward: Pecore Farm
The Pecores are members of our chapter and this award is from Texas Parks & Wildlife. This is the direct YouTube link.

Other Nature Related Organizations

USDA Forest Service – Celebrating Wildflowers
http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/index.shtml
Information on wildflowers, pollinators, native plants, invasives, and so much more.
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
http://ckwri.tamuk.edu/
Mostly South Texas deer research, but also have a good book on Native Prairie Restoration suitable for this area also.
Coastal Prairie Partnership
http://www.coastalprairiepartnership.org/
The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to promote the conservation and restoration of Coastal Prairie ecosystems. Several of the coastal TMN chapters and a few other organizations have pulled this together. NPAT is also associated with it, I believe. They are ahead of our chapter in prairie restoration and we should be able to learn much from them, as well as perhaps share resources.
Lee County Wildlife Association
http://leecountywildlife.org/
Native Plant Society LaBahia Chapter
http://www.npsot.org/LaBahia/
The LaBahia Chapter supports Brenham, Texas and surrounding areas including Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Waller and Washington counties. We normally meet Quarterly on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in January, April, July and October. Most meetings will be held at the Student Center on the Blinn College campus or at the Antique Rose Emporium in the Chapel unless otherwise noted. Our meetings are free of charge and open to the public. Join us for informative discussions and guest speakers on native plants that are specifically suited to the distinctive and unique environments in this area and throughout Texas along with other topics that are of interest to our members.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Starting site for all there is to know about Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Also has links to each county office web site where you can find names and contact information for the county agents.
Texas Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections
http://brtc.tamu.edu/
Previously this was the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
http://tpwd.texas.gov/
All things about the State Parks of Texas.
Texas Wildlife Association
http://www.texas-wildlife.org/
Good list of training and other events throughout the state.
The Nature Conservancy
http://www.nature.org/
Washington County Wildlife Society
http://wcwildlife.org/
Wildlife Habitat Federation
http://www.whf-texas.org/
Winedale Center for American History
http://www.cah.utexas.edu/museums/winedale.php
One of our partners. See site for maps and information on the Center.

Birds and Birding

Birds-N-Garden
http://www.birds-n-garden.com/resources_center.html
This is a commercial site but has a good page with lots of resource information on birds and other things. It came up first when Judy Deaton was looking for information on hummingbird moths.
Cornell University Bird ID – Free Online Software
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search
All About Birds from Cornell Univ. – Bird ID without the expense of buying special software. Good way to get started with bird ID.
Cornell University NestWatch Program
http://watch.birds.cornell.edu/nest/home/index
Lots of good information on how to monitor bird nests and also a way of reporting your bird nest results. Great for bluebird nest reporting.
Gulf Coast Birding Observatory

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Texas Gulf Coast Birding Spots Web Sites (such as Quintana)

Purple Martin Conservation Association
https://www.purplemartin.org/
The place to find out about purple martins
Texas Bluebird Society
http://www.texasbluebirdsociety.org
Everything you need to know about bluebirds

Mammals

Mammals of Texas
http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/index.htm
In The Mammals of Texas, Drs. William B. Davis and David J. Schmidly bring together over 70 years of experience in the study of Texas mammals. A completely revised and updated version of William B. Davis’s classic text, which was first published in 1947, The Mammals of Texas is a perennial favorite, going through four reprints and revisions during the past 47 years. A basic reference for the wildlife enthusiast, the book contains information on the distribution, physical characteristics and life histories of the 181 species of Texas mammals. Included are photographs, a comprehensive set of distribution maps and identification keys to the orders and species of mammals found in Texas. Also included is a brief introduction to the study of mammals.This online edition of The Mammals of Texas incorporates the complete text and graphics content of the 1994 revision published by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This site is keyword-searchable or may be browsed by selecting from the options to the left. Please read the explanation of copyright and citation concerns before making use of any information found on this site.

Insects

Next Talks: Pollinators and Pesticides AgriLife video
Video Link: Streamed live on May 13, 2016. Neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides, are under a lot of public criticism recently, being accused of being the main culprit causing bee population decline. However, a look into the science behind neonicotinoids and bees shows that the story isn’t quite straightforward, and that there are several factors contributing to the decrease in bee populations. As concerned citizens, there are many things that we can do to encourage bee and other pollinator populations in our own backyards. Dr. Erfan Vafaie will present this topic.
Journey North -Monarch Butterfly Migration
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/
Follow the migration of the Monarch butterfly.
BugGuide
http://www.bugguide.net
Online encyclopedia of insects and spiders.  It contains an incredible number of insect species.>
Texas Entomology
http://texasento.net/index.html
Taxonomy, illustrations, special collections, and more in this comprehensive catalog by Mike Quinn.

Plant ID

Aquatic Plant ID
Pond plant management source. Plant ID and control methods.
Benny Simpson’s Native Texas Trees
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/tamuhort.html
Browse for photos of Texas trees and shrubs.
Invasive Plant Species ID and Tracking
http://www.texasinvasives.org/
You can join and become a citizen scientist tracking invasive
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

LBJ-Home


The Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Information Network allows you to search for native plant info by plant traits or names, browse through our collection of 23,000 native plant images, and pose your plant question to our resident horticulturalist.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/nongame/publications/media/TPWD-Identification-Milkweeds-Texas.pdf
This is a good description with pictures of all our locally occurring milkweeds.
Noble Foundation Plant ID
http://www.noble.org/webapps/plantimagegallery/
Good source for plants and grasses ID. They sell a good book on grasses also.
TPWD Plant ID Database
http://tpid.tpwd.state.tx.us
The Texas Plant Information Database (TPID) contains comprehensive information about native and a few selected naturalized plant species that have value for erosion control and wildlife use. It provides the user an opportunity to query and select species that have application for landscape enhancement or restoration. The selection of appropriate plants is based on specific site characteristics and management objectives.
USDA NRCS Plants Database
http://plants.usda.gov/java/
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Reference Sources

Acorn Naturalists – educational supplies
http://www.acornnaturalists.com
Good source of nature related training aids.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/
Good source on information on birds and projects to get involved.
Cornell University Poisonous Plants Database
http://poisonousplants.ansci.cornell.edu/index.html
Database for plants poisonous to humans and livestock
eNature
eNature.com field guides.
The site’s core content of wildlife information about almost 6,000 individual species is the same data set used to create the printed Audubon Field Guides. All the data has been carefully reviewed and vetted by leading biologists, zoologists and other natural history specialists.
Star of Republic Museum
http://www.starmuseum.org/

Soils

NRCS Web Soil Survey
http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/
Simple but powerful way to analyze soil data in your area

Tools and Equipment

Gempler’s: http://www.gemplers.com/index.aspx
Ben Meadows: http://www.benmeadows.com/
Forestry Suppliers: http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/index1.asp
The Supply Cache (mainly fire fighting equipment): http://www.supplycache.com/

Water

Rainwater Harvesting
http://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/
TAMU web site for rainwater harvesting
Texas Groundwater Association
http://www.tgwa.org/
All about Texas aquifers. Down-loadable pdf maps of major and minor aquifers.
Texas Water Development Board
http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/home/index.asp
This is the state agency that is looking after our water. Almost anything you want to know about water supply, use, and conservation is here.

Wildlife Management Issues

Brush Control

Brush Busters


Texas AgriLife recommendations for brush control

Feral Hogs – TAMU
http://feralhogs.tamu.edu
Prescribed Burns:  Prescribed burning is a valuable practice for improving wildlife habitat and reducing the chance of undesired property damage or loss of life from wildfire in open land. It is recommended by nearly every major conservation organization. But it requires training, experience, equipment, and manpower. You will need help from others to do this safely. If you are interested in learning more about it, check out the Prescribed Burn Association for this area at www.SCTPBA.org.

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Texas Parks and Wildlife Listing for All Counties
Lone Star Wildlife Rescue
http://www.lonestarwildlife.org/home.htm
Specializes in raptors. Near Industry. Run by Rebecca McKeever.
Lone Star Wildlife Rescue is a group of state and federally permitted rehabilitators who are dedicated to the care of injured and orphaned native Texas wildlife for the purpose of release back into the wild. We have several wildlife rehabilitation facilities and are able to serve the counties of Austin, Brazos, Colorado, Fayette, Waller, and Washington.

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